Children suffering from extreme cases of epilepsy to receive medical marijuana

March 6, 2014 10:04

Decision comes after long battle led by parents of children for who other drugs haven't worked.

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Marijuana leaf370. (photo credit:Reuters)

The Health Ministry has passed a measure to allow, for the first time, children who suffer from extreme cases of epilepsy to receive medical marijuana to help relieve symptoms of the disease.

The decision was reached after a long battle led by parents on behalf of children for who other types of medication had not worked.

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A mother named Simona told Army Radio that her three-year-old daughter suffers from an extreme case of epilepsy.

"In the past she had 30 seizures in 24 hours, and today she has about 10 in 24 hours...drugs haven't helped her. Her seizures only went down after I spent a fortune on a variety of vitamins, procedures and new machines."

The Health Ministry says that they received the recommendation of specialists of the disease to allow medical marijuana to children with such cases, and in the coming weeks the specialists will develop a method for providing medical marijuana to those children.

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